2015 Myrtle On-site sewer solutions
The City of Myrtle is an unsewered community in Freeborn County. Thirty-one of thirty-two properties are connected to a community straight pipe, which discharges raw sewage into Deer Creek, a tributary of the Cedar River and are classified as an imminent threat to public health (ITPHS). This project will provide cost-share assistance to 28 low income property owners, who are connected to the City of Myrtle community straight pipe, for construction of individual subsurface sewage treatment systems. This project benefits the local community, and the state by removing raw sewage from Deer Creek, reducing fecal coliform bacteria pollution to the Cedar River, and helping the state get to its goal of eliminating all community straight pipe discharges.
The Cedar River is impaired for turbidity. This project will trap sediment, reduce flashy runoff, and deliver treated water to the impaired waters, and result in an estimated reduction of 338 tons of sediment per year and 168 lbs of phosphorus per year.
Four properties were acquired to serve as SSTS sites. Site preparation activities included sump pump installation, excavation work, house demos, and legal fees paid by the city to address legal issues related the project. 2 homes and 1 garage were demoed.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS